2020/2021 Constable Program
Thanks to all who came out to the wonderful holiday party Tuesday night at Penny Quarter and to the CCA Social Committee (especially Laura Beatty for coordinating). It was a fun event! Walking over, passing yet another burned out park light, some neighbors and I were reflecting on lighting in Cherryhurst. December is the BRIGHTEST month of the year here! Yes, we're talking about Christmas lights! While leaving our porch lights on or adding lights in the alley are in our control, the Centerpoint street lights—often blocked by foliage from our beautiful oak trees—are not in our control. Several years ago a sub-committee was formed for lighting as the CCA addressed serious security concerns in the neighborhood (pre-Constable). We continue to keep the conversation going about this in our CCA meetings as well as to look for solutions with Centerpoint and the City, including reporting burned out lights to 311. They have provided us with options to lower our light posts, but would require the entire neighborhood to be done at one time, and—shocker—we would have to pay for it. This is something we could raise money for over a period of years, perhaps asking for help from the Montrose TIRZ for our streets that fall within their borders. Lowering our street lights would provide a safer place to walk in the evening as well as an aesthetic upgrade from the generic metal pole. Similar lighting can be seen in the Heights, along Heights Boulevard and surrounding neighborhood, Southampton (along Sunset Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood), West University, and many more Houston neighborhoods. Centerpoint and the City have agreed to replace one fixture (instead of the entire neighborhood) as an example fixture for us to see what kind of difference is made, again at our cost. If you have a street light near you that you think you or your close neighbors might want to sponsor as an example fixture, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Happy Holidays!
Dear Cherryhurst Constable Patrol current and prospective subscribers,
It's time to (re)subscribe to the Cherryhurst Constable Patrol for the 2019/2020 contract year (effective March 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020). Our fundraising deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019, which is when our contract payment is due.
For those interested in learning more about the Constable Program and its benefits to the neighborhood, please go to http://www.mwpatrol.org. We participate in the Constable Program through the Mandell Winlow group.
2019/2020 subscription rates:
- Underwriter membership: $495
- Standard membership: $395
How to pay:
- By Check
Make checks payable to: Cherryhurst Civic Association
In memo section of check, write "Constable Patrol"
Deliver checks to: 1700 Haver Street (modern house on corner of Windsor & Haver, red door) by February 28. Please insert hand deliveries in the slot of the mail box to the left of the front door at 1700 Haver. Unfortunately, our ability to accept credit card payments online is disabled, but we hope to have it working again soon.
The Security Committee
THANK YOU to the Underwriters for the 2018 / 2019 year, whose support ensured the success of the program last year:
Jane and Nelson Bruns
Donna and Thomas Moore
Kathryn and Howard Peek
Ann and Peter Hotez
Carol and David Rensink
Micha and Gauthier van Marcke
Karma Burford and David Arnold
Wendy Hawkins and Avrim Fishkind
Shirley and Trevor Jefferies
Carol and Michael Wilk
Andrea and Bruce Holzband
Information about the Constable Patrol Program: Cherryhurst has partnered with Mandell Place and Winlow Place to combat crime, forming the Mandell/Winlow Constable Patrol, which provides law enforcement officers dedicated to our area.
Since the Constable Patrol was implemented in 2015, we have seen a significant drop in crime in the Cherryhurst neighborhood. The benefits of subscription include:
- Reduced crime in the neighborhood since the inception of the Constable Patrol (criminals have moved to less-protected neighborhoods)
- First-responder for your alarm system (no need to wait for HPD)
- Faster response times
- “Vacation Watch” patrol services when you are away from your home
- Highly visible metal yard sign to warn that the home is patrolled by the Constable
- Car stickers to indicate that you are part of the program and that your car is protected, as is your home
- Home security inspections to find and reduce vulnerabilities and hazards - Monthly bulletins and updates regarding security and crime
- Assistance in becoming more proactive in enhancing your safety and security through special programs, classes and meetings, self-defense/rape prevention for women
The success of this anti-crime initiative is dependent upon the participation of Cherryhurst residents. Subscriptions to the Constable program have unfortunately dropped off because residents perceive that there is less crime and don’t see the advantage of continuing their support of the program, but less crime means the program is working! So tell your neighbors to subscribe! And the more subscribers we have, the cheaper the subscription will become!